Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Relapse Prevention

Mindfulness is a term that means paying attention, in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, therefore interfering with patterns of thinking that lead to a spiral of depressive thoughts and behaviors. Mindfulness techniques and practice may be woven into a specific evidenced-based treatment as one component of an intervention or individuals may participate in a group format for relapse prevention. In addition to becoming better acquainted with internal and external triggers for mood symptoms, participants will learn the benefits of taking action and engaging in self-care in the real world where they are likely to feel their most vulnerable. Core aims of the relapse prevention program will be to prevent future depressive episodes as well as to assist individuals to change their fundamental relationship with old, inaccurate or negative thinking patterns. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy techniques serve as a method of empowering individuals through awareness, acceptance, and being present.